6/10 Brian Staff review, 23 June 2011
Zane Lowe-endorsed dubstep, that's what I like. Not heard this bass-felching monster before but I like the voodoo-tinged sleeves. It opens up well with some nice chinkling effects and a powerful all enveloping sound......then it goes all Jamie Woon. I don't understand this music. I don't like divas singing on records never mind some bloke who thinks he's R Kelly but sounds like he's singing into the arse end of haddock in a fish 'n' chip shop up Tottenham Court Road. I don't like a lot of pop music that's occurred since it jumped on the dubstep/bass music juggernaut. I'll leave that to proper mad gleeful oldies like Annie Nightingale. She "gets" all this urban pop shit. Like, I dug Disappear by Katy B and that's it. I'm gonna have to endure loads of this at festivals this summer aren't I? That means I'm going have to get mortalled otherwise I'm gonna stumble round with a face like a slapped arse glaring at everyone. On the plus side the production on this album is fucking brilliant, muscular and shiny-bright with bags of sound-system battering power. 'Sanctuary' is a belting tune until the those shitting vocals come back in and ruin everything. Actually I'm warming to this CD gradually as there's plenty of variation in scope and it's very catchy too. I just don't want to admit I'm enjoying it...no I'm not, yes I am, no I'm not this is awful. But it's kind of great too. Right, ciao, I'm off for my dinner, pumpkins.
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